One of the first plays of the game was indicative of how this game would go for Wyoming
After the Cowboys missed their first shot, Colorado State got the ball down low to senior center Colton Iverson, who made a strong move the basket and tried to dunk over UW senior forward Leonard Washington. Iverson missed the dunk, but he was fouled.
About two hours later, CSU beat UW 65-46 in a game where five CSU players scored in double figures compared to one for the Cowboys.
UW was outrebounded 42-28, outscored 20-5 at the free-throw line and had a season low three assists on 17 baskets.
CSU held Washington to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting. Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr., had three points and attempted only two shots. CSU’s size and physicality was too much for UW. Iverson, senior Pierce Hornung and senior Greg Smith gave UW fits offensively and defensively.
The Cowboys shot only 29.8 percent from the field, 25.9 percent from 3-point range and 45.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Senior point guard Derrious Gilmore had a career-high 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting. But the rest of the team was 8-of-35.
I liked how true freshman guard Jason McManamen, sophomore walk-on guard Jack Bentz and sophomore forward Derek Cooke Jr., played off the bench. Cooke had a career-high 11 rebounds. McManamen played a career-high 19 minutes. Didn’t see much of junior guard Nate Sobey until the game was decided. Coach Larry Shyatt said he wanted to play Bentz because of the stability he brings to the court.
Shyatt compared Moby Arena’s atmosphere close to Duke the last couple of years. Pretty high praise, but this is a good atmosphere when it’s sold out like it was.
CSU is good and very good in this place as its home-court winning streak is up to 26. That’s the third most in the nation.
UW is in trouble as it has lost four in a row and is 2-6 in league play.
For more on the game, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also log on to www.wyosports.net.